Archive for January 2012

Best of Luck Navigating in the Dark Tomorrow

Best of Luck Navigating in the Dark Tomorrow
This is not a post about the need for bicycle lighting. It’s not a metaphor about the perils of moving through life without spirituality. This is about the Internet and the surprises you are apt to find tomorrow, January 18, 2012, when certain sites “go dark” in opposition to SOPA and PIPA legislation. If you... Read more »

Speaking Out When a Competitor Behaves Badly

Speaking Out When a Competitor Behaves Badly
Some days, I wish I had an alter ego. While I’d love to soar effortlessly through the air or ensnare evil-doers in a web of silly string shot from my wrists, that’s not quite the pseudonym I crave.  I’m not even interested in an ironic screen name that allows me to snark incessantly (I can... Read more »

Sixty Second Cycling Stories Week in Review

Sixty Second Cycling Stories Week in Review
As the snow fell upon the Chicago area this past Thursday, I resigned myself once again to a winter of merely daydreaming about bicycling. Gone was the disbelief of mild winter riding and the confusion of all that witnessed the premature return of the recreational cyclist.  At least I have my Google Reader news bundle... Read more »
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Close Encounters Can Happen on the Bike Path

I’m pretty sure he saw me coming. I’m certain he wasn’t expecting to see a cyclist in the middle of the afternoon on an early January day.  But I was rather hard to miss as I sat tall atop the saddle of my bike.  Though my bike and I were mostly clad in black, we... Read more »

Riding Writings: Bars Across America by John Greenfield

Riding Writings: Bars Across America by John Greenfield
  If you’ve ever daydreamed about riding a bicycle from coast to coast across the United States, you may want to pick up a copy of John Greenfield’s Bars Across America before you saddle up.   This is no cautionary tale.  It’s not fraught with peril or disenchantment.  It’s actually a very entertaining, straightforward, and... Read more »

Today's 60 Second Cycling Stories

I’ve perused the news from my Google news reader bundle and highlighted a few of the more interesting stories of the last two days. Chicago Bike Angels: Let’s Start This!  Chi Bike Angels will connect aspiring cyclists with enthusiastic volunteers who will show them the ropes of city riding and most importantly, giving them the... Read more »
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It's Not Spring, But I'll Take It!

It's Not Spring, But I'll Take It!
I don’t think I’ve ever ridden my bike in January. Once the temperature drops below forty or the first snowflakes hit the ground (whether they stick or not), my bikes are cleaned, lubed, spit-polished and hung on the wall like the fine pieces of art that they are. I never expected a fifty degree day... Read more »

Another Sixty Seconds of Cycling Stories

Another Sixty Seconds of Cycling Stories
Well, if I can’t come up with anything clever on my own, I can always share someone else’s creative genius (and mutter under my breath, I wish I had thought of that) Life As a Cyclist Could be So Different  This one should be categorized under “today’s laugh”.  Borrowed from a blog called Bicycle Basecamp,... Read more »

Sixty Second Cycling Stories

Sixty Second Cycling Stories
In an effort to share some of the more interesting cycling stories populating my Google Reader news bundles, I have decided to provide summaries of each in 250 words or less. Bicicle (sic) Fun Begins (today) in Madison.  It’s time for the USA Cycling Cyclo-Cross National Championships in Madison Wisconsin this weekend!  What is cyclocross,... Read more »
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New Traffic Laws for 2012 with Thanks to ATA

New Traffic Laws for 2012 with Thanks to ATA
It’s a new year and with it comes some new traffic laws that most road users will likely never hear about. As much as I would like to stand on my soapbox and rail about the Secretary of State’s inability to inform motorists about law changes, I will digress.  Just because we’re required by law... Read more »